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Old 08-19-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Balance my New Goodyear Marathons?

Dear fellow Airstreamers,

I'm buying new Goodyear Marathons ST 225 75 15's for my 21' Globetrotter. I also have the Centramatic Balancers I purchased from Inland RV.

I believe Centramatic recommends balancing the tires with weights only when first buying new tires.

Is this the right information?

I do notice a lot smoother towing with my Centramtic's - I'm ditching my 5 year old and cracking at the sides Denman Express tires.

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Old 08-19-2010, 02:42 PM   #2
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I don't know what Centramatic recommends and I would balance the tire and wheel assembly any way.

The Centramatics will have less balancing to do if you start with an in balance assembly
If for some reason the Centramatic failed at least you would have some thing better than unbalanced assemblies


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Yes, Centramatics recommends that the tires be mechanically balanced. We added Centramatics and left the original balancing in place. Just one more thing to assure a smooth ride!
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Hi, yes, do get your tires/wheels balanced; The main reason I bought Centramatics was to balance the drums that the factory does not do.

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Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS View Post
Hi, yes, do get your tires/wheels balanced; The main reason I bought Centramatics was to balance the drums that the factory does not do.

Good point about the drums. I'll add Centramatics to my long wish list of things to purchase.
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As always, Thank You for sharing your experiences. FWIW, Discount Tires tried to sell me the Carlisyle tires but the overall consensus I've read on this form pointed towards the Goodyear Marathons. Thanks again!
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Let me reinforce the above comments. I recently instaslled the Centramatics. In my discussions with the Centramatic manufacturer, I was told to have new tires balanced. By doing so, one retains more of the Centramatics total balancing capability for all of the other sources of unbalance.

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Definitely balance! Also you might want look into filling the tires with nitrogen. With nitrogen, there is no pressure increase due to heat or pressure loss when they cool down. That is the # 1 reason tires fail, increase or decrease in pressure without you knowing. Most any reputable tire/ wheel shop should have nitrogen. Balanced wheels/tires & nitrogen made a big difference in the way my trailer tows, especially in the hot summertime @ interstate speeds.
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The more the running gear and/or just the tire is pre-balanced, then the job asked the Centramatics to do, becomes easier "AND" better.

No one has yet said that the Centramatics, did not do their intended job.

On a scale of 1 to 10, that makes them at least an 11.

Not too many products can make such a claim these days.


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